Myaamia Center


Sharing a common name, place, and commitment to education, Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma have built a relationship that is based on collaboration, trust, and respect. We will be celebrating 50 years of this relationship in 2020 and the outcomes have had a large impact on both Miami University and the Miami Tribe Community. The Myaamia Center is internationally known for its work on language and cultural revitalization, and today, over 30 Miami Tribe students attend Miami University. Like tending a fire, the University and the Tribe have a joint responsibility to continuously maintain this relationship, respond to challenges that might arise, and nurture it for future growth. Together, we celebrate this very unique partnership.

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Myaamia Heritage Logo

The Myaamia Heritage Logo symbolizes the unique relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. The design is a reference to Myaamia ribbonwork, a traditional Miami Tribe art form.

This ribbonwork pattern uses two large geometric diamonds (the left represents the Miami Tribe and the right represents Miami University) extending on either side of a central diamond that represents the space where these two connect with a shared vision, a sense of cooperation and a deep respect for the reciprocal learning that results.

  • Black stands for depth of time, earned respect, accumulated cultural wisdom, and recognizes the tribe’s deep ties to their historical homelands.
  • Red stands for responsibility, sacrifice, and a commitment to gain and share knowledge.
  • White is the area of connection and collaboration. It represents a shared clarity of vision, cooperation, and respectful learning from each other.
  • The red dot at the center of the shared space represents fire (koteewi), a symbol of the warmth of this partnership and a recognition of the shared responsibility needed to "tend the fire" necessary to continue nurturing this relationship for future growth.

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